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In Memory of

Ronnie Raymond BRACE

November 18, 1952 - August 16, 2017

Obituary


(Coach) Ronnie Raymond Brace

Ronnie Raymond Brace was born 11/18/1952 in Duncan Oklahoma. He was born to Margie Lee Dunn (Brace) and Harold Raymond Brace. In the 50's they all moved to San Jose CA. Ronnie spent most of his childhood in San Jose watching his father race at the San Jose Speedway. There Ronnie would sell popcorn and crackerjacks to the spectators in the stands for extra money. Ronnie then moved to Modesto in the early 60's. He attended Grace Davis High School and graduated in 1971. He joined the United States Air...

(Coach) Ronnie Raymond Brace

Ronnie Raymond Brace was born 11/18/1952 in Duncan Oklahoma. He was born to Margie Lee Dunn (Brace) and Harold Raymond Brace. In the 50's they all moved to San Jose CA. Ronnie spent most of his childhood in San Jose watching his father race at the San Jose Speedway. There Ronnie would sell popcorn and crackerjacks to the spectators in the stands for extra money. Ronnie then moved to Modesto in the early 60's. He attended Grace Davis High School and graduated in 1971. He joined the United States Air Force out of high school and was stationed in Florida. He was a weapons mechanic for the F-106 Delta Dart and was soon sent to Vietnam. When his time in the military was over, he returned to the USA where he began to date Yolanda Juarez. Ronnie and Yolanda had one class together in high school and after graduation, where Ronnie stole a first kiss from Yolanda. The two-continued writing each other throughout his military career. When he returned home, Ron proposed to Yolanda and they were married in 1973. They have 2 sons together, Joshua and Robert Brace.
Ronnie began his time in the work force as an operator for Pacific Telephone. With his love of the outdoors, and his strong work ethic, he went to lineman school and shortly after became a Diggerman for the Merced Pacific Telephone Yard. After completing lineman school, he worked at the Turlock Yard which eventually moved to Modesto and he finished his 28-year career there. Ronnie loved being a lineman. Everyday working with his hands and alongside his coworkers, he always came home to brag about the view of the area he was working in or the problems that were solved to make sure folks got their phone service.

Ronnie began Coaching football for the Ceres Chargers in 1974, and continued until 1983. Ronnie continued his career in 1985-1990 and 1992 as head coach for the Hughson Oilers. He coached 1 year for Hughson High school in 1991 as head JV coach. In 1993 Ronnie approached Central Catholic High School head football coach John Rico and started the Central Saints. He led the 1994 and 1995 Varsity teams to back to back Super Bowl appearances as head coach, giving the Saints their first Super Bowl win in 1994. In 1996, he moved to the Denair lions program to help as an assistant. From 1997-2010 Coach Brace coached 4 years for Modesto Christian High School, 1 year at Calvary Temple High School, 1 year at Denair High School and 8 years at Big Valley Christian high school. Coach Brace spent 33 years coaching our Stanislaus county young men. He was instrumental in starting the Denair Lions, Modesto Christian Kingsmen, Big Valley Sabers, Hughson Oilers and the Ceres Falcons. Coach Brace also organized football camps for Gustine High School to help the Westside Niner's and Gustine Redskins pop warner teams. Coach Brace was president of the Cen-Cal youth Southern league and the founding father and first president of the Trans Valley Youth Football League (TVYFL). He has truly been an inspiration to many young men who have taken the field with him during the most influential time of their life. He continued to show his support to his past players by watching their children play football for local pop warner and high school teams. He was recognizable from anywhere and if you played for Coach Brace, he had a memory that he would always share with you of your time on the field together. Every Monday you could see Coach Brace at the Quarterback club listening to the reports given by all of the local high school coaches or giving his report about the battle his boys had the Friday night before.

When Coach was not on the field, he was on his motorcycle. He traveled all over California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Canada on two wheels. Coach started the Freedom Cruisers Chapter 7. He traveled old route 66 twice, taking his 2 sons and 3 additional friends on a ride of a lifetime. 15 days and 6,000 miles later, the historic route from Chicago to California was completed. Coach Recently began the Golden Spartans for his Davis High school alumni in the hopes of getting all alumni to meet, share stories and laugh with each other. Coach Brace is survived by his loving wife Yolanda Brace of 44 years, 2 sons Joshua and Robert Brace, 2 daughter-in- laws Chandra and Melissa Brace, 7 Grandchildren, sister Deborah Clover-Slaygle, Brothers David Brace, Kenny Davidson Jr & John Fayad, 6 Nieces, 6 Nephews and an uncountable number of young men and women who shared the game of football with him. He was preceded in death by his Mother Margie Davidson, Father Harold Brace, Sister Patricia Fayad and Brother Kenneth Wayne Brace.

Coach Brace's viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Lakewood Funeral Home, 900 Santa Fe Avenue, Hughson. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 31st at 12:00pm at The Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, 370 Linden Avenue, Gustine. Coach will be given his military honors at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella at 2:30pm. His Celebration of life will be immediately following burial at the Gustine Pentecost Hall, 500 3rd Avenue Gustine. The family has requested suit and ties are optional. Please wear coaches' shirts, Jerseys, Leather Vests, Pacific Bell or AT&T clothes or Davis Alumni attire. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School, 370 Linden Avenue, Gustine, CA 95322.